Sample CEO Succession Process

By NACD Staff


Evaluation Sample CEO Succession

In brief: This sample CEO succession process originally appeared in NACD’s 2014 publication Success at the Top: CEO Evaluation and Succession.

The template includes a sample executive evaluation form and rating scale for assessing internal CEO candidates. 

This resource can help your board to

  • Determine criteria or qualifications for the CEO’s successor.

  • Identify possible candidates for succession.

  • Access the capability and potential of possible successors.

  • Create development action plans for potential candidates.

  • Review the progress of potential candidates.

Most relevant audiences: CEOs, nominating and governance committee members, and compensation committee members

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